in the immortal words of george costanza, “i’m back, baby!”
i have been more than four weeks without my computer, and today i have taken delivery of a refurbished macbook (shopping is a frustrating pursuit when one is broke). i have a couple of “blog series” gurgling in the recesses of my mind which i will dispense over the next few days. in the meantime, i wish to impose on you, the most brilliant readers in the blogosphere (i know, gone a month and already asking for favors…doesn’t the “most brilliant readers” comment soften your hard hearts in the least?).
as my regular readers will know, i preach expositorially at the fellowship i lead, and i am currently in between series (we will begin a study in the gospel of john the sunday after mother’s day). next weekend, i have promised my church that i would share my perspective on “the state of the church.” i plan to talk about the condition of the american church (primarily in contrast to the church in other nations) and trends that i am seeing. too, i want to hold up a mirror and consider how we (my local fellowship) are doing with the mission that god assigned to us, and how we might go forward in carrying out our mandate.
here’s what i’m asking from you, dear reader…
being in the bible belt, our outlook is skewed. in our region, most people are christians (or so they say) and church attendance remains strong (as you can see from the chart below). i would be grateful if some of my internet friends from other parts of the nation/world would briefly share your opinion of “the state of the church” in america (and if you are as eloquent as i suspect you’ll be, i would appreciate permission to quote you). i know some of you have left the institutional church in a state of disillusionment. some of you lead local churches and i’m aware of some that are in the process of looking for a home church. occasionally, i even have virtual visits from atheists that i consider friends. all input will be greatly appreciated. i even want to hear from those like me that are buckled firmly within the bible belt.